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Capy on Microsoft: "They're Our Partners, But We Still Control Our Destiny"

Matt Gardner
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Capy on Microsoft: "They're Our Partners, But We Still Control Our Destiny"

Capybara's co-founder and president Nathan Vella has said that working with Microsoft with regard to publishing Below on Xbox One and Super Time Force for Xbox 360 has been a "very positive" experience.

"I think there's a huge push in gaming, on the independent side, towards the value of self-publishing," said Vella. "And we obviously have bought into that pretty hard though the Apple store and through Steam or PS3. But we've also had a very positive relationship with the Microsoft Studios folks."

Sony have been unequivocal in their support for self-publishing on PS4, but it took Microsoft a little longer to get there, though they say it's been in the ix since day one. Speaking before the [email protected] reveal at Gamescom this year, Vella told OXM that MS have been very supportive indeed.

"I think there's a lot of really good reasons why people want self-publishing - they want control of their IP, they want control of their destiny," he said. "But when you have a really strong partnership and... well, I can't speak for other studios' experiences, I can't confirm or deny the goods and the bads. All I know is my experience of working with the guys at MS Studios is that they've been very supportive.

"I have nothing but positive things to say about those guys. When we told them: 'Hey, we want to keep working on Time Force as a pet project' - no big deal, didn't faze them at all. When we said we wanted to fund our own stuff - no big deal, didn't faze them at all.

"They're our partners, but we still control our destiny, and I think that's a great foundation for a relationship."

It's that element of control that's fundamentally necessary heading into the next generation of games consoles.

"To me the key point of being independent is choosing the path that you feel is best for your studio at the time," Vella surmised. "Not being beholden to someone else to decide the path for you. So that's the path that we're on. We've made some choices, we've made some decisions - some things have motivated those decisions but... I still feel very much in control of our destiny, that's the key point."

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